Our Pastor

Dennis R. Everett, Sr. is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He was educated in the public schools of Caddo Parish, graduating from Linear High School in 1967. His higher education began at Southern University, (Shreveport-Bossier). He completed his undergraduate work in Religion from Bishop College, Dallas, Texas. His graduate work was continued at Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. Additional graduate work was pursued at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in the field of Gerontology.


His pastorates include Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana; Love Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas (which he organized); Marlin Missionary Baptist Church, Marlin, Texas; Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia and Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, where he currently serves. Through his leadership, Lake Bethlehem has established a satellite church which maintains a non-traditional service and ministers to the daily living needs of the attendees.


Pastor Everett has received numerous awards and recognitions from various civic, cultural and religious organizations. In 1984, he was named as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America.” He was also honored as being one of the top rural pastors in the state of Texas in 1986. He was a contributing writer at Baylor University, Waco, Texas in a published article on sibling relationships among aging minorities. He has served as President of the Baptist Minister’s Fellowship Conference of Shreveport; Second Vice President of the Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention of Louisiana and on numerous boards. Pastor Everett served as the Executive Director of the Publishing Board for the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.


Through Dennis R. Everett Ministries, he helps to support Jewell House, a home for wayward girls and Grace House, a substance abuse group home. He is also organizing expansions of that ministry in Mississippi and East Texas.


His television broadcast, Bread of Life, is viewed throughout the southern Louisiana/East Texas region, each Sunday morning and night.


He is married to Esther Lynette Cooper Everett, MSW, LCSW, who works for Caddo Parish School Board. They have been joint facilitators at seminars on Ethnicity and Aging. Together they have four children: Yolanda, Denise (Jamell), Dennis, Jr. and Denette, and he is the grandfather of six girls who are the joy of his life!